OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It was a public school back in the 1920s and became the Ocean Springs school administration building a few decades later. Today, the historic building on Government Street is home to the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, which offers a variety of community events and activities.
In a room on the second floor of the building we found a pottery teacher showing adult students how to throw clay. Down the hall, a beaded jewelry course was being taught. And you can always take a cooking class in the Culinary Café.
Bryant Whelan is the new Executive Director of the "Mary C," and she is excited about the opportunity to lead the efforts at this first class facility.
"I've always dreamed of having a wonderful cultural center that I could be part of. It's a dream come true," Whelan said. "There's nothing else like it. It's a treasure."
Visitors can step into the Ocean Springs Museum of History and learn about the historic city, or catch a performance in the Senator Trent Lott Theater, and enjoy gazing at art in the Duckett Gallery.
Bryant is running a cultural center with regional appeal and she wants to take it to the next level.
"We draw people from New Orleans, Mobile and Pensacola. Everyone wants to know what is going on here. I want to bring in more national workshops and people who bring in new ideas so we can get on the national map."